Sculpture: Some Observations On Shape And Form From Pygmalion's Creative Dream by Johann Gottfried HerderSculpture: Some Observations On Shape And Form From Pygmalion's Creative Dream by Johann Gottfried Herder

Sculpture: Some Observations On Shape And Form From Pygmalion's Creative Dream

byJohann Gottfried Herder

Paperback | October 15, 2002

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"The eye that gathers impressions is no longer the eye that sees a depiction on a surface; it becomes a hand, the ray of light becomes a finger, and the imagination becomes a form of immediate touching."—Johann Gottfried Herder

Long recognized as one of the most important eighteenth-century works on aesthetics and the visual arts, Johann Gottfried Herder's Plastik (Sculpture, 1778) has never before appeared in a complete English translation. In this landmark essay, Herder combines rationalist and empiricist thought with a wide range of sources—from the classics to Norse legend, Shakespeare to the Bible—to illuminate the ways we experience sculpture.

Standing on the fault line between classicism and romanticism, Herder draws most of his examples from classical sculpture, while nevertheless insisting on the historicity of art and of the senses themselves. Through a detailed analysis of the differences between painting and sculpture, he develops a powerful critique of the dominance of vision both in the appreciation of art and in our everyday apprehension of the world around us. One of the key articulations of the aesthetics of Sturm und Drang, Sculpture is also important as an anticipation of subsequent developments in art theory.

Jason Gaiger's translation of Sculpture includes an extensive introduction to Herder's thought, explanatory notes, and illustrations of all the sculptures discussed in the text.
Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) was a leading figure of the Sturm und Drang literary movement in Germany and an innovator in the philosophy of history and culture. His many other books include Treatise on the Origin of Language, Yet Another Philosophy of History for the Education of Humanity, and On Knowledge and Sensation in the H...
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Title:Sculpture: Some Observations On Shape And Form From Pygmalion's Creative DreamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:141 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:October 15, 2002Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226327558

ISBN - 13:9780226327556

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Note on the Translation
SCULPTURE, by Johann Gottfried Herder
Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Editors Notes
Bibliography
Index